NAMM 2020: LR Baggs launches innovative new acoustic guitar impulse response pedal, the Soundscape

(Image credit: LR Baggs)

NAMM 2020: In yet another innovative pedal release in the run-up to this year's trade show, LR Baggs have announced the Soundscape - a stompbox designed to capture a more accurate sonic representation of your acoustic guitar than ever before.

Soundscape uses a smartphone's microphone and processing power via the Acoustic Live app - which records at a 96kHz sampling rate - to capture an acoustic guitar's unique voice.

Using LR Baggs' proprietary Voiceprint technology, a sonic image is created and loaded to the Soundscape, effectively bypassing the guitar's pickup signal and delivering a more accurate and natural voicing of the instrument. This image can then be saved as a preset which can be simply loaded up later.

The company's Voiceprint technology was created in collaboration with the co-founder of Universal Audio, Dr. Jonathan Abel.

The actual process of capturing a voicing seems straightforward - simply plug your guitar into the Soundscape, open the Acoustic Live app and place your phone in a position to record, then tap on the bridge, strum a few chords in different positions, pick the strings, play some scales and you're done.

Each Voiceprint created - of which 100 can be stored in the pedal - identifies the guitar’s specific resonances that are prone to feedback and creates an Anti-FB profile to easily manage feedback with a single control on the pedal. The app will also include advanced features like a graphical full-parametric EQ for the fine-tuning of each preset.

The Soundscape is set for Spring 2020 release, and will retail at $399.

For more information, head to LR Baggs.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.